The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday announced the election dates for poll-bound states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry. As per the announcement, the election season in the country for 2021 will begin on March 27 and the results will be announced on May 2.
Altogether, the state of West Bengal will vote in eight phases from March 27. Assam, on the other hand, will also vote from March 27 but in three phases. Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala will follow the lead with the first round of polling on April 6.
The ECI informed that as many as 18 crore voters are eligible to cast their votes in all five states combined. Moreover, in the coming weeks, all the election commison officials will be vaccinated to ensure they have the immunity to work amidst the pandemic.
As far as seats are concerned, people of West Bengal will vote for 294 seats, voting will be on 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in Puducherry.
The most fierce battle for the rule is currently in West Bengal with Modi and Mamata locking horns against each other. Over the weeks, both parties have been trying to paint a good picture of themselves among the people while attacking each other where ever they can.
Also, BJP is campaigning aggressively to retain power in Assam, where it won against Congress in 2016. Congress, meanwhile, might have a tough time in the coming elections despite inciting the people against BJP over Farm Laws and other issues. Recently, after multiple resignations, the Congress government fell in Puducherry just like it did in other states like Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
In Kerala, it’s an intense battle for the ruling Left-Led front and the Congress-led opposition coalition. However, if you take into consideration CPM’s recent performance in the local body elections, the party is more likely to keep the power for another term.